Lascar Electronics has announced the release of an update to its PanelPilotACE Design Studio software, which enables the rapid development of display interfaces with a simple drag-and-drop interface. This latest version provides powerful new interfacing and maths tools which can all be implemented without users needing to write a single line of code.
The addition of RS232 support in Design Studio 2.0 allows communication between PanelPilotACE and other external devices, supporting the sending and receiving of serial messages and configuration of protocol, message format and error checking. This allows, for instance, users to mirror the display to a slave device or to enable logging of readings.
Maths functions - accessed via the 'Mathematics Builder' feature - provide a powerful tool for performing calculations on values held within any project. A full range of mathematical operators are available to users: from simple addition and multiplication, through to exponential and trigonometric functions. These functions can be applied to most properties and variables within an application. Simple examples of its use would be for calculating power from two analogue inputs or adjusting the value of a variable based on a touch screen input.
The enhanced Design Studio software also includes new library elements such as meters, dials, buttons, widgets and backgrounds. A suite of graphic files has also been made available for users to repurpose. These two resources make it much easier for those without access to graphic design software to quickly create attractive projects.
Lascar’s software remains free of charge, so any new user can download the software to become familiar with the format and interface before purchasing a display. Users are able to configure a virtual PanelPilotACE, emulating its functionality in software before the hardware is connected, enabling developers to establish what’s possible with PanelPilotACE before installation.
PanelPilotACE is a hardware and software display platform that enables the rapid development of fully customised industrial and commercial user interfaces and panel meters. PanelPilotACE’s combination of a multifunctional touch-screen colour display with simple drag & drop design software removes the need for any coding, cutting development time by months for even the most advanced displays.